The '''Newberry Library''' is an independent research library
, specializing in the humanities
and located in Chicago, Illinois
, that has been free and open to the public since 1887. Its collections encompass a variety of topics related to the history and cultural production of Western Europe
and the Americas over the last six centuries. Core collection strengths support research in several subject areas, including maps, travel, and exploration; music from the Renaissance
to the early twentieth century; early contact between Western colonizers and Indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere; the personal papers of twentieth-century American journalists; the history of printing; and genealogy and local history. Although the Newberry is a noncirculating library, it welcomes researchers into the reading rooms who are at least 14 years old or in the ninth grade,
and has a research topic corresponding to the nature of the collections....